SKIMS faculty seeks enhancement of retirement age by 2 years

First Priority To Enhance Retirement Age Of GMC Faculty: Taj

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Feb 7: Emboldened by the state government’s proposed move to enhance the retirement age of the faculty in the medical colleges from 58 to 60 years, SKIMS faculty has started pressing for increase in their retirement age to 65 years.
 However, government says many Associate Professors in the institute would be Professors in a year or two and as such there was no urgency to increase the retirement age.
 Professors said the major departments of SK Institute of Medical Sciences are facing a threat of de-recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
 Official sources said that while the government is in a fix over the enhancement of retirement age, at least fifteen topmost faculty members including Professors are attaining superannuation this year.
 “The Health Department has been deliberating on the issue for a long time as the SKIMS is already running on forty percent less strength of faculty. Now fresh retirements will trigger threat of de-recognition,” they said.
 The SKIMS departments to be affected include Department of Medicine, Department of Hematology, Department of General Medicine, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Hospital Administration, Department of Blood Bank and Department of Anesthesia.
 According to the previous guidelines enacted by the SKIMS administration, it takes 14 years for a doctor to become professor from the date of his/her induction in the faculty, provided S(he) has published 16 to 20 research papers in national and international indexed journals.
 “So, government should think over the issue of enhancing retirement age of the doctors so that we will utilize the services of senior-most doctors in order to save the de-recognition of various departments,” said an official in the Medical Education Department (MED).
 The insiders in the Medical Education Department further said that it was not only the de-recognition threat but tertiary care services will also be affected badly, “The expertise gained by these professors need to be utilized for the betterment of health care. But we will be deprived of it when we need it the most.”
 It is pertinent to mention that the institute has recently enhanced 24 seats in various post-graduate disciplines including Gynecology and Obstetrics-3, Pathology-2, Microbiology-3, Paediatrics-6, Radio-diagnosis-5 and Anesthesiology-5.
 This year, MCI, the umbrella body of medical colleges, had also recognized four courses including, Pathology, Microbiology, Hospital Administration and Pediatrics at SKIMS.
 Moreover, SKIMS administration is lobbying hard for starting MCh programme in departments of Pediatric Surgery and Neurology.
 While the faculty members at SKIMS continue to retire at 60, in other institutes of the country like the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh the faculty retires at 65 years of age. .
 When contacted, the Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din said that my first consideration would be to enhance the retirement age of faculty of other hospitals in the state from 58 to 60. “I have already submitted the cabinet memo regarding this. We will think over the issue of SKIMS faculty later,” he said.
 When asked about the threat of derecognizing of various departments in SKIMS Taj said: “There are many Associate Professors working in the institute they will be professors in a year or two. So there is no problem as of now.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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